Covering Trauma News: Craft, Ethics and Self-care

October 6, 2015

Reporting on violence, disaster and tragedy – from domestic violence and street crime to hurricanes - challenges all journalists and news organizations.

The Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma will be offering a day-long workshop devoted to innovative approaches to covering these beats and stories, and the victims and communities behind them.

The workshop will bring together reporters, editors, mental health experts and survivor advocates to discuss the special challenges of reporting on traumatic events and their aftermath. The workshop will also include journalist-to-journalist conversation on how Cayman-based journalists and news organizations can fulfill their missions most effectively.

The workshop will be led by Bruce Shapiro, Executive Director of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, a project of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism; and Russell Lewis, Southern Bureau Chief, NPR News and lead producer on NPR’s coverage of numerous large-scale crises.

The program will also include Cayman-based experts including: 
Marc Lockhart, MD, Behavioral Health Associates Cayman;
Julene Banks, Attorney and member of the Cayman Mental Health Commission;
Ania Milanowska-Sedgley, Executive Director, Cayman Islands Crisis Center.

This program is free of charge to all Cayman news professionals. It is underwritten by Dart Enterprises Ltd.